Cllr Ryk Downes

Liberal Democrat Councillor working all year round for Otley & Yeadon Learn more

New Parking Restirctions on The Whartons

by rykdownes on 18 March, 2015

I have received a number of comments concerning the City Councils proposed new waiting restrictions around The Whartons Primary School and thought it might be appropriate to write to residents with the details and the rational provided by Highways.

“Essentially, the Order is to introduce an enforceable TRO onto the existing School Keep Clear lines. We have been doing this across the city in association with the school 20mph schemes. At Whartons Primary school the zig-zags either side of The Whartons will become No Stopping Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. The zig-zag on the opposite side of the junction outside No 70 is not in keeping with the requirements for a School Keep Clear with an Order, so it has been swapped for a short length of double yellow lines. It is generally in line with Highway Code advice. The language used in the schedules on these legal notices is not the easiest for anyone to follow and, with hindsight, a plan on the lighting column with the notice might have been useful. Otley Library do have a copy of the plan, as stated on the notice.

There are no proposals to put any single yellow lines on the estate or, indeed, go any further that the existing zig-zag markings. Whilst we appreciate that the roads are busy at school start and finish, further restrictions would move the concentration of parking elsewhere, would be prone to being ignored in the absence of a warden and would affect residents over a much longer period than the school traffic does. It is not something we would normally consider in an area like this one.

I hope that this information clarifies the situation.”

You will recall that we called on residents last year asking their views on a 20mph scheme for the area and the above are part of those proposals.  I am informed that the signs for the scheme have been ordered and are awaiting a date from the contractor for installation.  If all goes to plan the scheme should be in place by the end of April.

If you wish to make a formal response to the waiting restriction proposals then you should write or e-mail Adrian Hardy, Legal Officer Development, Legal Services, City Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR. (<>)

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